The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that 11 of its 53 offices will begin a pilot program called ACT Digital to digitally transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges.
This is the first step in the EEOC’s move toward an online charge system that will streamline the submission of documents, notices and communications in the EEOC’s charge system, according to the official announcement. This system applies to private and public employers, unions and employment agencies.
The EEOC receives about 90,000 charges per year, making its charge system the agency’s most common interaction with the public. The EEOC’s ACT Digital initiative aims to improve customer service, ease the administrative burden on staff, and reduce the use of paper submissions and files, according to the announcement. Further:
The first phase of ACT Digital allows employers against whom a charge has been filed to communicate with the EEOC through a secure portal to download the charge, review and respond to an invitation to mediate, submit a position statement, and provide and verify their contact information. The newly designed EEOC notice of a charge will provide a password-protected log in for the employer to access the system in the pilot offices. Employers will also have the option of opting out of the pilot program and receiving and submitting all documents and communications in paper form.
EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang commended ACT Digital as an innovative first step in streamlining the agency’s charge system.
“This will improve our responsiveness to the public, efficiently utilize our resources, and protect the security of documents in our online system. We encourage employers to provide candid feedback and suggestions during the pilots so we can make adjustments to strengthen the system,” she said.
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